Given the encouraging feedback and great suggestions I had after publishing my initial iPhone weather app concept it’s full steam ahead with version two. In this version I’ve added more information to the screen yet I’ve tried to reduce the overall visual noise. I’ve mocked up both a sunny and stormy forecast using data from BOM to get a better sense of how it would work with different forecasts.
The specifics of what I’ve done and the rationale include:
- Added background photos that represent the overall forecast for the day. They are to instantly communicate what the day is likely to be like for users.
- Changed the sunrise and sunset text to icons (thanks Brett). Also removed the am and pm from the times, it’s pretty obvious which one is which! Both these changes help to reduce the overall visual noise.
- I increased the size of the current temperature considerably based on the feedback I received. This is the most important piece of information on the screen for users so make it really pop.
- I made the forecast maximum temperature bigger, this is because I consider it to be the second most important piece of information on the screen.
- I aligned the forecast min and max temperatures to the left of the screen with their lines extending full width across. I initially wanted to indicate where the likely peak temperature would be by just having a short line but I feel the projected line as well as the graph are indicators enough. Having them aligned on the left just feels much tidier.
- For Mr Green I added an umbrella icon which indicates whether you need to pack the wet weather gear or not.
- I faded out the beginning and end of the graph line as this feels more elegant. Ditto for the hour and noon lines. This again reduces the overall visual noise of the screen.
- I moved the title bar to the bottom of the screen – the information on it is once off information that once you know becomes insignificant.
- I added the long version of the forecast on the left-hand side of the screen – I feel this detail is important to have on the screen.
- Lastly I added the short version of the forecast below the city name in the title bar. Not necessary but it works there.
Love to hear your thoughts and ideas.